Continued improvement the goal for Tartan boys track

The Tartan High School boys track and field team finished in the middle of the pack in the Metro East Conference and sent one athlete to the state meet in 2015. The Titans’ main goal this spring is to improve on both of those results from last year.

“Hopefully we just continue to improve and get more athletes to state,” said third-year Tartan head coach Karl Ermisch.

Chase Fleischauer was the team’s lone state entrant last season and he is back for one final season. He and Sam Nofziger are serving as team captains for the second consecutive year. They both had solid seasons a year ago and could be the key to a larger state contingent.

Fleischauer made state in the long jump and is also a solid triple jumper. He went 21 feet, nine inches at sections to qualify for state.

Nofziger is a distance runner who also competes in cross country. He qualified for the state cross country meet back in November and earned all-state honors via his 22nd-place finish.

Last spring, Nofziger set personal bests in both the 800 and 1,600-meter races and came up just shy of making state in the 1,600.

Tartan returns 16 letterwinners from last year’s team and Ermisch is hoping to get close to 50-total team members this season. With the increasing popularity of lacrosse, getting more than that is difficult at a school the size of Tartan.

Ermisch also has some newcomers who could help fill out the roster and provide points. Senior Dustyn Montgomery was an offensive lineman on the Titans football team and will be a thrower on the track team. This fall he is headed to the University of St. Thomas to play football.

Sophomore Drew Accola runs cross country and used to play tennis in the spring before joining track this year. He should help bolster the distance crew.

With numbers around 50, it provides plenty of opportunities in each meet.

“There are a lot of kids who had varsity experience last year just because of the fact that there are 18 events and you have 40-some runners,” Ermisch said. “They’re going to be using their events up.”

North has been the gold standard in the Metro East Conference for years and Ermisch expects the Polars to be the team to beat once again.

“They’ll be strong again this year,” Ermisch said of North. “North just has that tradition. I don’t know how they keep pulling those burners out of the woodwork.”

For Tartan, the goal is to move up in the conference standings.

“I don’t want to play it down, but my goal is to finish in the top half of the conference,” Ermisch added. “We’ve got a pretty tough conference.”

Tartan opened its season late last week with an indoor meet at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Results were not available for this edition of the Review.

Next up for the Titans was a time-trial meet at Mahtomedi on April 12 and then an invitational at St. Paul Harding on April 18. The Harding meet and an invitational at Spring Lake Park on April 29 are new schedule additions this season.

Another schedule change this season involves the Metro East Conference championships, which for the past two years were hosted by Mahtomedi. Tartan becomes the host this year and next year and in 2018 and 2019 the meet moves to Simley.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

2016 Tartan High School
boys track and field schedule

April 7 — at River Falls time trials  4 p.m.

April 12 — at Mahtomedi time trials 4 p.m.

April 18 — at St. Paul Harding invite 3:45 p.m.

April 26 — Home triangular 4 p.m.

April 29 — at Spring Lake Park  invite 4 p.m.

May 3 — Metro East relays @ Hastings 4 p.m.

May 6 — at White Bear Lake invite 3:45 p.m.

May 10 — Section true team at Eagan 3:30 p.m.

May 19 — at South St. Paul tri (Sibley) 4 p.m.

May 24 — Metro East prelims at Tartan 3 p.m.

May 26 — Metro East finals at Tartan 3 p.m.

May 31 — Section 4AA prelims at East Ridge 3:30 p.m.

June 2 — Section 4AA finals at East Ridge 3:30 p.m.

June 10 — State meet at Hamline University 9 a.m.

June 11— State meet at Hamline University 9 a.m. 

 

 

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